Reeling 31: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival opens Thursday

Thu. November 7, 2013 8:38 AM by News Staff


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LGBT film festival takes place from November 7 - 14

Chicago, IL - Reeling, the second oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns Thursday after being placed on hiatus last year by Chicago Filmmakers, the not-for-profit organization that produces the event.

"Audiences can expect what they've come to love about Reeling," said Richard Knight, Jr., programming director for Reeling. "With over 50 features and shorts scheduled, there's literally something for everyone."

The eight-day festival kicks off with a red carpet screening of G.B.F. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave on Thursday, Nov. 7. The opening night selection is director Darren Stein's (Jawbreaker) latest teen comedy.

The 7:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a reception, which will include performances by local LGBT comics, at the nearby Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway.

Reeling then moves on to its main venue, the historic Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., from November 8 to 14.

"I think audiences will love the fest's new location at the Logan Theatre," Knight added. "The theatre is also just down the block from public transportation and a parking lot and the surrounding Logan Park neighborhood is definitely the new hot spot in Chicago."

The fest's home base Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., will also host screenings. Satellite screenings will take place at the Block Cinema at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston; the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place; Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.; and the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1210 W. Elmdale Ave.

Reeling closes on Thursday, November 14 with three closing night selections - a gay, lesbian and transgender film - Ludwig II, Reaching for the Moon and Ian Harvie Superhero starring Ian Harvie, the world's first FTM transgender standup comic (who will attend the screening).

A closing-night reception will be held at the Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie Ave.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $12; passes are $50 (five screenings), $80 (ten screenings), $125 (all screenings excluding special events), and $175 (all screenings and events). For more information call 773-293-1447 or visit

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Sean Paul Lockhart has starred in several indie films such as Judas KissSister MaryAnother Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!Welcome to New York, and others. In 2011 he starred as "Ricky" in the musical Chillerama directed by Tim Sullivan in the segment I Was A Teenage Werebear. In 2011 he won the Rising Star Award at QFest in Philadelphia. He has also recorded an album with songs by the Swedish singer-songwriter and accordionist Roland Cedermark, and he also heads up his own production company and enjoys writing in his spare time.